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Sat-Chi’s Thai ‘boost’

Updated on: 20 May,2024 07:17 AM IST  |  Bangkok

Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty feel Thailand Open triumph will inspire them to carry winning momentum with Paris Olympics close at hand

Sat-Chi’s Thai ‘boost’

Thailand Open champions Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty in Bangkok yesterday. Pic/PTI

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Sat-Chi’s Thai ‘boost’

In a confidence-boosting performance ahead of Paris Olympics, star Indian shuttlers Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty on Sunday won the Thailand Open Super 500 badminton tournament with a straight-game win over Chen Bo Yang and Liu Yi of China, here. Satwik and Chirag, the World No. 3 pair, prevailed 21-15, 21-15 over Liu and Chen, ranked 29th, for their ninth BWF world tour title in men’s doubles.

Second title of the season

It was also the second title of the season for the Asian Games champions following their triumph at the French Open Super 750 in March. They had also finished runners-up at Malaysia Super 1000 and India Super 750. “It has been a lucky tournament for us. The journey started from here. We lifted this title in 2019 and again we are lifting it here now. After 2019, we went on to win many tournaments and, hopefully, it will give more boost to us in the upcoming important tournaments,” Satwik said after the win. 

‘Best match we played’

“They keep on playing fast and we knew we couldn’t relax. Overall, I think it’s the best match we played throughout the tournament. We kept everything calm and under control. So really happy that we played well.” Asked about Paris Games, Chirag said: “Not just us but all athletes want to go out there in the Olympics and win that medal and we too want that and hopefully we will play well there.”

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